WIAW – I’ll Bring the Yummy Veggie Pasties & Roasted Nuts :)

Hi everyone!¬† I hope you’re having a great week so far ūüôā

Here in the UK, the crazy weather continues.¬† After having the driest 2-year period ever recorded, we’ve now had the wettest April ever recorded.¬†¬†Talk about one extreme to the other!


In honour of our ‘crazy weather’, this afternoon in my¬†Wednesday Workshops, we did a¬†‘weather dance’ meditation.¬†This is such a beautiful meditation¬†and one of my favourites ūüôā¬†

We’ve just arrived back home, but soon we’ll be heading to the pool for Lil’ L’s swimming lesson.¬† However, before we go, I thought I’d sit down with a nice cup of coffee and make an appearance at¬†Jenn’s foodie WIAW party.¬†

Here’s a quick run down of what we ate yesterday…

Both M and I had…
– Hot lemon & water
РBowl of porridge, sprinkled with ground linseed, chopped Brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, flaked almonds, goji berries and candied citrus peel (left over from the Christmas cake!)  This was topped with a drizzle of Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup.

Lil’ L had Ready Brek porridge, with the same toppings as us (minus the dried fruit, which he doesn’t like).

There are so many different non dairy milks available now, we’re getting spoilt for choice!¬† Lately, many of the milks have been on special offer, so I’ve been stocking up.¬†

I felt so sorry for the poor Tesco delivery guy that had to hump 30+ cartons along our narrow driveway and up the steps to our front door.  He was still smiling though, bless him!

Lately, M and I have been enjoying making (and eating!) veggie pasties.¬† I can’t begin to describe how nice¬†these pasties are.¬† Seriously, they are SO YUMMY!

M and Lil’ L love taking them to work/school for their lunch.¬†¬†These pasties are seriously huge and we had a bit of trouble finding a lunch¬†box that they would fit in!¬†¬†I’ve suggested that we should make the pasties a little¬†smaller, but the boys are not having it.¬† They love their supersize pasties!¬†

For lunch yesterday I had half a pasty (which was plenty for me).¬† Then I had the other half today.¬†¬†They’re so filling that I didn’t feel hungry for hours after.

As soon as I’ve worked out the filling quantities, I’ll post the recipe.¬†¬†You must¬†try them!

Snacks & Drinks
Nettle tea, water (not enough), 1 black coffee, 1 glass Alpro hazelnut milk, 1 mango smoothie
РHandful soy roasted nuts & almonds 

The soy-roasted almonds and sunflower seeds are still¬†one of our favourite snacks.¬† Lil’ L absolutely loves them, and often asks if he can take a pot of the seeds to school for a playtime snack.¬† Last week, he even passed over¬†the offer of some Maltesers for the almonds & seeds instead.¬† They must be good!¬†¬†

I always knew that sunflower seeds are good for you, but only recently discovered¬†just how good they are.¬† Classed as a ‘superfood’, they’re considered¬†to be¬†a¬†good source of protein¬†and¬†‘good’ fatty acids (the ones that¬†help to lower¬†‘bad’ cholesterol).¬† They’re also a rich source of antioxidants (including¬†Vitamin E), B vitamins, folic acid,¬†calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium and selenium.

One of Lil’ L’s best friends has¬†tried our¬†soy¬†roasted sunflower seeds¬†and loved them too.¬† His¬†mum has asked for the recipe, so I thought I’d quickly jot it down here.¬† They are so simple and quick to make.¬† They make a great post-school snack, or as a snack to munch on whilst watching films ūüôā

By the way, if you regularly eat raw almonds, it’s worth¬†buying them in bulk¬†(if you’ve got the cupboard space).¬† Indian brands like Natco, East End¬†and Aasani sell them super cheap in large quantitites.¬† At the moment in Tesco (on the Indian aisle), you’ll find 750g of Aasani Almonds for¬†only ¬£3.99!¬† So much better value than the tiny own-supermarket brand packets.

I had to make a super quick dinner as I was heading out to my study class, so I opted to make an oriental stir-fry with rice noodles.¬† I didn’t have a chance to photograph it, but it looked pretty much like this…


While the brown rice noodles were cooking, I stir-fried the veggies in a wok, along with some cashew nuts and half a packet of Cauldron marinated tofu pieces.  To flavour the stir fry, I used 2T Kikkoman reduced salt soy sauce, 2T rice vinegar, 1tsp sugar, and about 1/2 cup vegetable stock.

Dinner was ready in 15 minutes!¬† We then ate it in about 5 minutes flat, and were out the door.¬† For once in my life, I wasn’t late for my class!!! ūüôā

Well, I’ve just about finished my WIAW entry in time.¬†¬†The pool awaits!¬† When I get back, I look forward to¬†having a cuppa, a sit down, and checking out all the¬†beautiful eats over at Jenn’s party ūüôā

Happy Wednesday everyone! xx


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12 Responses to WIAW – I’ll Bring the Yummy Veggie Pasties & Roasted Nuts :)

  1. Markio

    Pasties! Food of champions. Can you get some London 2012 sponsorship? Stay dry if you can, M

    • These pasties really should get their own sponsorhip deal. They pretty impressive! Taste way better than the greasy ones from the pastie shop ūüėČ

  2. Gorgeous pictures! I love how fast stir frys are. And those pastries sound awesome, yum!!

  3. Loveliness all around. Except for the rain–you can keep it, as we have our fair share already! I must find some hazlenut milk and give it a try. And that stir fry? Gorgeous. I am needing ideas for fast meals with two baseball games during the week for us!

    • I need some more ideas for ‘fast food’ too. Preferably ones that require only one pan. I’m spending far too long washing up these days ūüôĀ

  4. I just made my own savoury granola mix… it tastes amazing! and so much cheaper homemade than buying savoury nut mixes! I mixes 1 Tbsp coconut oil and tamari with oats,millet, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds. amazing!

  5. Vide Kadampa

    Hi Sharon! Thanks for your wonderful blog, and reminding me about the delights of pasties! I used to make them a lot, but I stopped when I turned veggie. I can’t wait to see your recipe :-).

    Also, tell me more about your weather dance mediatation – sounds like fun :-). xx

    • Great to hear from you V! I’ll make sure I post the pastie recipe next week. You must give them a try and let me know what you think.
      The ‘Weather Dance Meditation’ is in the book called ‘Nightlights’ (in the same series as Buddha at Bedtime). This book isn’t Buddhist, but there’s some beautiful meditations that I adapt to make them work with my teachings. The Weather Dance meditation is beautifully written. The weathers represent the moods we experience and the children ‘dance’ their way through the weathers, actually becoming the weather itself (great visualisation practice!) There are so many teachings that can be combined with this meditation including impermanence and understanding the nature of the mind. I also use it as a tool to teach the children how to calm themselves down if they’re feeling stressed or angry.

  6. Oh my goodness that is quite a bit of rain. I hope things have dried out since then (I know the pictures of your garden show quite a benefit from the downpour).
    You food this week looks just delicious, and I am always envious.
    I have been very far behind in my blog reading so today was my day to catch up.
    I hope all is going well for you and that you are getting summer vacation plans squared away. Before you know it it will be here.

    I hope you have a wonderful Monday ūüôā

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